The Grey of Righteous Suffering and Violence

As inspired by the article and subsequent comment by RoadToad: Cleveland kidnapper Ariel Castro found hanged after one month in jail

In response to the above linked article regarding a convicted torturer and rapist of three teenage girls for over ten years, RoadToad shared is comment below:

RoadToad 04 September 2013 11:13am

I haven’t read everything here, its too toxic, depressing and repetitive (on the whole) .. but I get the general drift. He was a horrible man and did dreadful things… but I do not get the ‘serves him right’, ‘coward for not being able to take what he dished out’ etc etc eye-for-an-eye-lynch-mob mentality. HOW does it help to make a human suffer for the wrong they have done? If he is locked up forever and is no longer a danger to anyone, why does it matter?? Why do YOU feel better because he is suffering? It is a primitive emotion and does not stand up to any sort of logical scrutiny.

As far as dignity from the bereaved goes, I point people in the direction of the father of Tim Lane, the Australian who was recently randomly murdered in the USA.
He was not concerned with revenge – his son was dead and nothing would change that. He simply stated ‘Nothing good can come of this’. How humbling…. I hold a – very faint – hope that some vengeful people will be affected by that sentiment and change their views, thereby making him, beautifully, wrong.

The below inspired thoughts were formulated.

To accept the suffering of another under the banner that such suffering be imposed based on it being justified, meaningful, directed, appropriate, proportionate, deserving, responsive, or any other motivation, establishes and validates such suffering onto another.

Given such directed, self-justified suffering, imposed onto another, as that in the subject of this article, it may be spiritually required to recoil morally..

It is common that those who imposed such unqualified suffering or violence onto another did so without proper moral authority. Perhaps these perpetrators may be deemed evil, cruel, or unknowing of their behavior.

As such, a perpetrator, as the subject of this article is deemed to be, may be subjected to said suffering and violence by those who deem themselves worthy and qualified to impose such suffering and violence onto another with righteous standing.

Society currently finds itself experiencing the impact of such self-qualified righteous imposition of suffering and violence which has been yielded upon it in the forms of mass destruction and murder.

To dismiss the practice of righteous suffering and violence, is to purge the stench of death from co-existing with the soul.

For life is life, and death is death. To combine the two results in exacting neither. A perpetual state of grey.

As to the subject of this article. If the circumstances presented are as revealed, then he who practiced such righteous suffering and violence onto another ultimately surcame to that violence he had previously imposed onto another.

(c) 2013 PublicSkeleton

As inspired by the article and subsequent comment by RoadToad below:

Cleveland kidnapper Ariel Castro found hanged after one month in jail

The Armed Syrian Conflict: June 14, 2013 CRS Report for Congress (RL33487)

The Federation of American Scientist has made available a report dated June 14, 2013, titled, “Armed Conflict in Syria: U.S. and International Response” which contains a concise analysis of issues pertaining to Syria.

The report was prepared by authors Jeremy M. Sharp, Specialist in Middle Eastern Affairs and Christopher M. Blanchard, Specialist in Middle Eastern Affairs, and contains historical as well as current information to include past and current congressional action and military conflict analysis, relevant population and refugee figures, graphics, to include: secular, military, insurgent, and regime breakdowns, including their associated flags, GDP, surrounding national impact analysis, and maps of the region(s) involved.

The report contains core information from which to continue further analysis of the region as it pertains to the current contemplation of U.S. military involvement.

Below is the index and summary sections of the report.


  • Assessment (1)
  • Status of Ongoing Armed Conflict (2)
  • Possible Questions for Congressional Oversight on Recent Events (4)
  • Key Developments (8)
  • Debating the Expansion of U.S. Civilian and Military Assistance (8)
  • International Conference on Syrian Political Settlement (11)
  • Can the Syria Civil War be Stopped? (12)
  • Status of the Syrian Political Opposition (12)
  • Al Qaeda, Extremism, and Foreign Fighters (14)
  • U.S. Policy and Issues for Congress (9)
  • The Syria Uprising and Civil War: U.S. Response, 2011-Present (9)
  • Debating U.S. Intervention (12)
  • U.S. Assistance (13)
  • Securing Syrian Weapons Stockpiles (15)
  • Outlook and Future Policy Considerations for Congress (18)
  • Possible Appropriations and Authorization Issues (18)
  • Securing Weapons Supplies and Sites (19)
  • Addressing Syria’s State Sponsor of Terrorism Status (20)
  • Other Questions for Congressional Oversight (21)


The popular-uprising-turned-armed-rebellion in Syria is in its third year, and seems poised to continue, with the government and a bewildering array of militias locked in a bloody struggle of attrition. The Obama Administration has signaled a pending expansion of U.S. civilian and military assistance to the opposition in the wake of the U.S. intelligence community’s conclusion that President Bashar al Asad’s forces used chemical weapons in limited attacks in recent months. U.S. officials and many analysts have asserted that President Asad and his supporters will be forced from power, but few offer specific, credible timetables for a resolution to the crisis. Further escalation in fighting or swift regime change could jeopardize the security of chemical and conventional weapons stockpiles, threaten minority groups, or lead to wider regional conflict.

Opposition forces are formidable, but regime forces, backed by Hezbollah fighters and Iranian and Russian material support, have initiated successful tactical counteroffensives in recent weeks. The Syrian military continues to use air strikes, artillery, and pro-government militias in punishing attacks on areas where rebels operate. Some members of Syria’s Sunni Arab majority and of ethnic and sectarian minority groups view the conflict in communal, zero-sum terms. U.S. officials believe that fighting would likely continue even if Asad were toppled.

Amid extensive damage to major urban areas and reports attributing war crimes to government and opposition forces, the fighting has created a regional humanitarian emergency. Some estimates suggest more than 90,000 Syrians have been killed since unrest began in March 2011. As of June 14, more than 1,638,102 refugees had fled Syria amid United Nations projections the total may reach 3.5 million by years end. According to U.N. estimates, as many as 4.25 million Syrians may be internally displaced. U.N. agencies have launched their largest ever humanitarian assistance appeal– seeking $4.4 billion for the Syria crisis in 2013. The United States has provided more than $513 million in humanitarian assistance to date.

President Obama and his Administration have been calling for Asad’s resignation since August 2011, and have pressed the United Nations Security Council to condemn the Syrian government. The United States has recognized the National Coalition of Revolution and Opposition Forces (SC) as the legitimate representative of the Syrian people and has provided nonlethal assistance to the Coalition and an affiliated Supreme Military Council (SMC). The Obama Administration believes that a negotiated political settlement is required and has prepared military plans to secure Syria’s stockpiles of chemical weapons, if necessary.

Some observers advocate for more robust civil and military aid to the SC and SMC as a means of forcing the Asad regime to the negotiating table. Opponents of this approach argue that making opposition groups more formidable could intensify the fighting and risks empowering extremists. Some armed opposition factions, including powerful Islamist coalitions, reject negotiation.

After two years of unrest and violence, the central question for policy makers remains how best to bring the conflict in Syria to a close before the crisis consigns the region to one of several destructive and destabilizing scenarios. The human toll of the fighting, and the resulting political, ethnic, and sectarian polarization, all but guarantee that political, security, humanitarian, and economic challenges will outlast Asad and keep Syria on the U.S. agenda for years to come.


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